Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden

    Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden 2017 

    Newtown Saunders, TrinityHaus and Sonas apc are the dynamic team behind the Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden (DFG).  The design is led by Tom Grey, a Research Fellow at TrinityHaus, Trinity College Dublin, who with his architectural background, has undertaken many age-friendly and dementia-friendly design projects.

    Dementia can bring difficulties with short-term memory, comprehension, orientation, spatial awareness, visual perception and mobility. These difficulties are gently accommodated in the Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden, where a clever use of layout, colour, planting and customised garden fittings creates an attractive, safe and therapeutic outdoor space. It is designed to tap into a person’s retained skills, abilities, interests and memories.

    • Plants from the person’s youth – here daisies, lupins, lavender and dianthus – trigger memories and facilitate reminiscence
    • Scented flowers, flowing water and birdsong stimulate the senses
    • Zoning and colours provide visual cues, helping with orientation and way-finding
    • The accessible raised planter, mini glasshouse & tool shed, and vertical planter give easy access to gardening activities and engagement with nature

    The journey to Bloom began in 2013 when Clive Jones of Newtown Saunders Ltd (landscaping company), supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI), funded TrinityHaus to undertake a research project into dementia friendly gardens. Sinead Grennan and Noreen Keane, representing Sonas apc, came on board in 2015, and the research results were piloted. Newtown Saunders Ltd, again supported by EI, funded a DFG design service for four centres, and was inundated with applications. A road trip around Ireland ensued as the team worked with the winning centres in Leitrim, Limerick, Cork and Dublin to collaboratively design therapeutic gardens for residents, relatives and staff to enjoy.

    2017 Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden Sponsor – TLC Nursing Home Group

    TLC Nursing Home Group is a community based private nursing home provider, with centres in Santry, Maynooth and Citywest.  Its aim is to offer a high quality person centred service which empowers both residents and their families to live life at its best while living in any of our centres.

    “We are delighted to sponsor the Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden at Bloom 2017. We are committed to finding ways to facilitate people living with dementia to enjoy nature and recognise the therapeutic effect of outdoor space and activity.

    When outdoor spaces are welcoming and accessible, such as this garden is, people with dementia and their carers have positive interactions, facilitating people to maintain their independence and engage in meaningful occupation, and enhance their health and well being.

    We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Newtown Saunders Ltd, Trinity Haus and Sonas apc on this project and look forward to future projects to ensure we can offer outdoor spaces of this quality to all residents in TLC both now and into the future” – Elaine Keane, Director Of Clinical Services, TLC Nursing Home Group

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